Types of Dental Bridges
Types of dental bridges include temporary or permanent, and porcelain, gold alloy or a combination of these materials. Dr. Vaida of Altitude Dental specializes in dental bridge work and dental services in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows and beyond.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth by using two crowns (also known as retainers) on either side of the gap, and a false tooth (pontic) attached in between.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
- A bridge can help you to:
- Restore your natural smile.
- Increase your ability to properly chew and speak.
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly and prevent unnatural stress on other teeth and your jaw (and therefore preserve the health of those other teeth and your jaw).
- Maintain the shape of your face.
- Prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
What is the procedure for dental bridge work?
Fitting and placement of a dental bridge is a two visit process.
During the first visit we re-contour the teeth next to your missing tooth so that the retainers can fit snugly over them. This may involve filling any hollowed-out areas of your teeth with a filling material and in some cases it may involve placing a stabilizing post within the tooth. We take impressions of your teeth, which serve as the model from which our laboratory will custom-make your bridge. We make a temporary covering to protect your teeth while your bridge is being made.
During the second visit, we remove the temporary covering and then check and fit your new permanent bridge to achieve a proper fit.
What is the dental bridge cost?
The cost of doing dental bridge work depends on the type of bridge and the amount of work to be done. Prior to starting the process we will review the cost of the procedure with you and, if you have dental plan coverage, with your dental insurance provider.
What is it like after I get my bridge?
Following your bridge insertion, it is not uncommon for the teeth to be slightly sensitive for one to two weeks. It may take a few weeks for the muscles in your face and mouth to become accustomed to your new bridge so you may have to cut food into small pieces and speak slower. Most patients find that their bridge gives them a greater confidence and that they smile more since they are no longer dealing with a "black space" in their mouth.
How long will my bridge last?
A bridge can last for many years if taken care of with brushing, flossing and regular hygiene visits. A bridge covers the portion of the tooth that is above the gum line. Decay can still start on the root of a tooth and work its way under the bridge therefore regular dental exams continue to be important to your oral health.
What is the best choice, a dental bridge or a dental implant?
A bridge uses the teeth on either side of the missing tooth as anchors whereas a dental implant does not need the other teeth to support it.
Consider a dental implant:
- If the surrounding teeth have never had dental treatment or are very strong.
- To maintain bone and gum levels.
The choice of a dental implant or a bridge is based on the health of your bone, the health of the surrounding teeth and your finances. We can provide you with our advice and recommendation on the best types of dental bridges or dental implant procedures for your specific needs.